THIS IS HOW THE BRITISH PRESS RESPONDS TO THE KILLINGS OF DISABLED CHILDREN. All of these extracts were taken from UK news websites. the final tweet is in response to a now-deleted tweet from politician Sandy Kaylan, who praised a mother for ‘euthanising’ her infant children
tania Clarence, 43, admitted to smothering three of her children, all of whom suffered from physical disabilities. Regardless of the circumstances that led to their tragic deaths, these methods of reporting are unethical and go against the British editors code of practice - which states that, once proceedings are active, the press cannot publish any material that could create substantial risk of prejudice in court. The language used in these articles (“tragic mum”, “the unbearable burden of care”, putting the word murder in scare quotes, etc) does exactly that. Reading these articles, it is clear who we are meant to “side” with.
that these rules on court proceedings are apparently not applicable to cases involving the killing of disabled children shows how little the British press (and by extension, the public) cares about the welfare of disabled people in this country. Calling these children burdens and implying they deserved to die reinforces ableism and makes the world a more dangerous place for disabled people. Yet the press does not count it as encouraging prejudice. maybe it’s because we believe the unlawful killing of disabled infants does not “count” as a real crime
This is abhorrent.
5,000 notes. Tumblr really that’s it?
UM NO I LIVE RIGHT NEAR WHERE THIS HAPPENED and she is not being charged under the diminished responsibility law. AKA because she was mentally unstable, like when say someone with schizophrenia kills someone they are not put in jail they are put in a psychiatric unit because they were not fully in control of their action due to mental health issues. She is going to hospital for a long long time, which is a better place for her than prison. So she will be punished because what she did was wrong but she will serve her sentence elsewhere.
^ That’s good to know.
Still, I am concerned about the way the media is talking about this, as though it’s perfectly reasonable to want to kill your kids if they’re disabled.
You’re right, I think the chosen headlines here are underwhelming when considering the atrocity of the crime. Perhaps because when the story broke the headlines were more outraged, but now it’s sort of ‘old news’ and with the mothers reported ‘mental instability’ they are going for the softer angle. Whatever the case this story does need more coverage with a greater emphasis on how wrong it is to use disability as an excuse for murder.